2017 Worldwide Grant Awardees

By MDRT Foundation Team

Worldwide grants are awarded to fund a diverse range of nonprofit organizations and must be endorsed by an MDRT member. The amounts range from USD 1,000 to a maximum of USD 25,000.

For more information about MDRT Foundation’s grant programs, please click here.

1MATTERS
Toledo, OH
USD 25,000 to fight the battle to end veteran homelessness for thousands of veterans, one at a time.
Sponsor: Russell A. Karban, ChFC, CFP

ACCESSCNY
Syracuse, NY
USD 2,000 will help veterans maintain permanent, desirable homes by providing them with household necessities.
Sponsor: John P. Enright

ACUS FOUNDATION
Berkeley, CA
USD 3,000 funds the expansion of medical acupuncture services available to U.S. service members and veterans
Sponsor: James L. Fleming, CLU

ADAMS THERMO SYSTEMS FOUNDATION
Canton, SD
USD 3,000 funds schools in southern Ethiopia with clothing, food and medical care.
Sponsor: Stan E. Graber, CLU, LUTCF

AGING CARE CONNECTIONS
La Grange, IL
USD 3,000 funds the Congregate Meals Program, which provides freshly prepared nutritious meals for adults aged 60 and over.
Sponsor: Jo Ann E. Favia, CLU, ChFC

ALDEA
Binghamton, NY
USD 5,000 funds the empowerment process of Mayan youth so they continue to develop their communities using locally-led processes.
Sponsor: Gilbert A. Haggart, CLU, LUTCF

AMERICAN NICARAGUAN FOUNDATION
Miami, FL
USD 5,000 funds the creation of reading corners in schools of Managua, Nicaragua, to promote good reading habits in underprivileged children ages 5 to 9 years old.
Sponsor: Juan F. Sordo, LCIC, ALU

ANDANDO FOUNDATION
Jefferson, OR
USD 5,000 funds the installation of a solar-powered water pump to irrigate a rural women’s cooperative community garden,
Sponsor: Allan D. Ross, CLU, CFP

AREA CHRISTIANS TAKING INITIATIVE ON NEEDS
Camarillo, CA
USD 3,000 funds the expansion of their Serve Every Day program in the communities throughout Ventura County.
Sponsor: Gene L. Mahn, CLU, ChFC

ASSOCIATION OF INDIAN PHYSICIANS OF NORTHERN OHIO
Shaker Heights, OH
USD 5,000 funds Medical Yatra, a humanitarian mission reaching out to the underserved and destitute communities in underdeveloped countries.
Sponsor: Rao K. Garuda, CLU, ChFC

BATA SHOE MUSEUM FOUNDATION
Toronto, ON
USD 1,000 funds the Bata Shoe Museum’s Step Ahead Program, created to provide access to the arts for children from Toronto’s at-risk communities
Sponsor: Bruce W. Etherington, CLU, ChFC

BEL INIZIO, INC.
Houston, TX
USD 3,000 funds a fitness and nutrition program to provide disadvantaged women with health education, exercise opportunities, and empowering experiences
Sponsor: Ann Baker Ronn, CLU, ChFC

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA
Saint Cloud, MN
USD 1,000 helps pair youth facing adversity in mentoring relationships with professional staff members at St. Cloud State University,.
Sponsor: Aaron L. Hammer, LUTCF

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF SNOHOMISH COUNTY
Everett, WA
USD 3,000 funds the Kids Cafe/Healthy Habits program for youth who do not have consistent access to meals at home.
Sponsor: Robert B. Joki, CLU, ChFC

BRAE RIDING FOR THE DISABLED
Dundee, England
USD 3,000 funds adult and child horse-riding lessons for individuals and groups with a wide range of disabilities.
Sponsor: Elaine Milne, Dip PFS

BRIDGE MEADOWS
Portland, OR
USD 5,000 funds the replication of Bridge Meadows original intergenerational housing community through construction of a second site in Beaverton, Oregon.
Sponsor: Timothy Daniel Clairmont, CFP, MSFS

BRIGANCE BRIGADE FOUNDATION
Hunt Valley, MD
USD 5,000 allows people living with ALS to live a higher quality of life through the provision of much needed equipment and respite caregiving.
Sponsor: Andreas T. Dailey Sr., CLTC

BRUSH UP NEBRASKA
Omaha, NE
USD 2,000 funds a community-based volunteer program that paints homes of low-income elderly and low-income permanently disabled homeowners in the Omaha metropolitan area.
Sponsor: Keith A. Deras, CLU, ChFC

BUCKS FOR KIDS
Doylestown, PA
USD 1,000 helps allow foster kids to attend summer camp or receive tutoring.
Sponsor: Mitchell R. Marcus, CLU, AEP

CAN RECOVER FOUNDATION, INC.
Rye, NH
USD 2,000 provides schools and student athletes with educational and support materials about concussions.
Sponsor: Michaela Scott, CFP, RICP

CENTRAL ARIZONA DENTAL SOCIETY FOUNDATION
Phoenix, AZ
USD 3,000 funds denture equipment, dental supplies and denture material for veterans.
Sponsor: Michael B Klarfeld, CLU, ChFC

CHATSWORTH REGIONAL HOSPICE ASSOCIATION
Durban, South Africa
USD 1,000 funds an outreach program for Hospice Palliative Care Services in the greater Chatsworth region.
Sponsor: Logan Naidu, ACII, CFP

CHRISTIAN GROWTH MINISTRIES – HOME OF JOY
Cavite, Philippines
USD 1,000 refurbishes a venue to hold numerous activities for children in their care.
Sponsor: Angelita Bestres Sequitin

CIR POLICY AND EDUCATION INITIATIVE
New York, NY
USD 4,000 funds the deployment of resident physicians to Haiti to serve patients in Port-Au-Prince.
Sponsor: Morten Sorensen

CIVIC LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION
Glencoe, IL
USD 1,000 funds a college and career readiness program that will help high school students understand the skills needed in college and in their careers.
Sponsor: Dana M. Mikstay, CLU

COLLATERAL REPAIR PROJECT
Brooklyn, NY
USD 3,000 supports, out-of-school refugee children with formal and non-formal educational programs in literacy, numeracy, interpersonal and healing/wellness.
Sponsor: Roland Patrick Gagne, CFP, ChFC

COMMUNITY YMCA
Shrewsbury, NJ
USD 1,000 funds the Y Teen Achievers program, which identifies and mentors a target population of adolescents ages 12 to 19, preparing them for a productive life beyond high school.
Sponsor: Bryan Matthew Kuderna, CFP, LUTCF

COMPASS REGIONAL HOSPICE
Centreville, MD
USD 3,000 funds retreats for children and teens who have experienced the death of an important loved one.
Sponsor: Brett M. Sause, LUTCF, RFC

CONCORDIA PLACE
Chicago, IL
USD 3,000 funds a senior wellness program which builds vitality and connection through holistic services that address the physical, educational and social well-being of older adults in Chicago.
Sponsor: Edward R. Nelson Jr., MBA, CLU

CASA OF SOUTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA
Hastings, NE
USD 1,000 funds the renovation of a building that will house emergency goods for homeless and near-homeless transitioning youth until the age of 21.
Sponsor: Kay E. Georgiana, LUTCF, MSFS

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY / INSTITUTE OF GLOBAL HOMELESSNESS
Chicago, IL
USD 9,000 develops an online hub to support systemic change in global homelessness by sharing effective practices, tools and research.
Sponsor: H. Larry Fortenberry, CLU, ChFC

DONNA LOUISE CHILDREN’S HOSPICE
Stoke-on-Trent, England
USD 5,000 provides specialist sensory equipment for the indoor refurbished sensory play space in the children’s hospice.
Sponsor: David Pritchard, Dip PFS

DRESS FOR SUCCESS WORLDWIDE
New York, NY
USD 2,000 helps continue operations and offer a comprehensive continuum of services that reaches low- and moderate-income women across the United States.
Sponsor: Meredith Gail Langus, FSCP, LUTCF

ENOSH – ISRAELI MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
Kfar Saba, Israel
USD 1,000 funds the establishment of a youth mental health center in Akko, Israel, offering free multi-professional preventative and early intervention services .
Sponsor: Eli Erlich

ERIE NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE
Chicago, IL
USD 2,000 funds Erie House’s READS initiative, which addresses the critical need to improve literacy rates among first through third grade low-income children
Sponsor: Paul Gassel, CFS

EXCEL PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Columbus, OH
USD 1,000 funds mentoring for at-risk children to help them reach their highest level of development and equip students with necessary skills to succeed in life
Sponsor: Sylvia Antionette Garrett

FABRETTO CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
Alexandria, VA
USD 1,000 provides an alternative secondary education to youth in rural Nicaragua who would not otherwise have access to a quality education.
Sponsor: Matthew P. Lacroix, ChFC, CFP

FAMILY AGRICULTURE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Rock Hill, SC
USD 3,000 funds the purchase of fresh produce from limited resource farmers in high poverty rural areas in the southeast region. All produce purchased is donated to food banks in the community.
Sponsor: Robert B. Lewis

FIGURE SKATING IN HARLEM
New York, NY
USD 5,000 funds the curriculum development and implementation of financial literacy and STEM programs for low-income girls in New York City
Sponsor: Paul S. Avenius, CLU, ChFC

FILL THIS HOUSE
Cleveland, OH
USD 1,000 improves the living conditions of local youth aging out of the foster care system.
Sponsor: Janet B. Spector, LTCP, CLTC

FOR GOD’S CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL
Council Bluffs, IA
USD 4,000 assists adults and children with special needs by assessing their individual challenges and implementing plans designed to improve quality of life and facilitate independence.
Sponsor: Randy Johnson

FRIENDS OF FIREFIGHTERS, INC.
Brooklyn, NY
USD 5,000 provides mental health counseling to FDNY firefighters and their families, free of charge.
Sponsor: David C. Blake

GABBY KRAUSE FOUNDATION
Centennial, CO
USD 4,000 funds “Bags of Fun” cheery backpacks filled with age-specific electronics, toys and activities practical for a hospital setting.
Sponsor: Steve Caldara, CLU, ChFC

GLOBAL CONNECTION PARTNERSHIP NETWORK
Arlington, TX
USD 3,000 helps care for children who have been orphaned in Sierra Leone due to the Ebola outbreak.
Sponsor: Almond A. Clark, CLU, ChFC

GLOBAL HEALTH MINISTRIES
Minneapolis, MN
USD 7,500 funds planning, both technical and social, to build a pilot water storage and distribution system which will reduce hunger and the need for annual international aid.
Sponsor: Roger A. Seim, MSFS, CLU

GREATER BATON ROUGE FOOD BANK
Baton Rouge, LA
USD 10,000 purchases equipment and machinery to help organize and distribute food to 20 percent of Louisiana.
Sponsor: Michael P. Austin, CFP, ChFC

GREATER DALLAS COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE
Dallas, TX
USD 1,000 funds expenses associated with administering the Youth Prevention, HIV Outreach and Early Intervention programs.
Sponsor: Melvin P. Meyers, CLU, ChFC

GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND, INC.
San Rafael, CA
USD 4,000 helps fund the training of one guide dog team in 2017.
Sponsor: William M Richardson III, CLU, CFP

GUIDING EYES FOR THE BLIND
Yorktown Heights, NY
USD 3,000 helps breed and train dogs to serve as guides for blind and visually impaired individuals at no cost.
Sponsor: Mary E. Gurin

HAVE DREAMS (HELPING AUTISTIC VOICES EMERGE)
Park Ridge, IL
USD 3,000 helps children and teens with autism develop skills to reach their highest potential.
Sponsor: Fred O’Connor, ChFC, CFP

HEALTHY FOODS FOR HEALTHY KIDS
Hockessin, DE
USD 2,000 helps build a vegetable garden at Marbrook Elementary and implement their Education Cultivation Program.
Sponsor: Charles A McDonald, CLU, ChFC

HIRAM FARM LIVING AND LEARNING COMMUNITY
Hiram, OH
USD 3,000 provides farming work for disabled adults and those on the Autism Spectrum to increase their working skills in a supportive environment.
Sponsor: Kenneth E. Pike

HITTING CANCER BELOW THE BELT
Midlothian, VA
USD 2,000 funds resources, tools and strategies to patients and survivors to reduce cancer-causing physical and emotional stress and support long term survival.
Sponsor: Stephen T. Fisher, CFP, ChFC

HOLT INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S SERVICES
Eugene, OR
USD 3,000 helps create child-feeding and nutrition best practice videos to prepare trainers and caregivers to properly measure, feed and support children’s growth.
Sponsor: Nathan E. Engstrom, CFP, CLU

HOMEAID HOUSTON
Houston, TX
USD 7,500 helps fund renovations to homeless shelters typically saving the homeless agency construction costs.
Sponsor: Gilbert J. Baker, CLU, ChFC

HOPE MINISTRIES
Des Moines, IA
USD 3,000 funds meals for homeless and hungry men, women and children in the Des Moines and central Iowa area.
Sponsor: Layne Jeffrey Brown, ChFC, CLU

HUNGER PROJECT AUSTRALIA
Sydney, Australia
USD 1,000 helps fund the sustainable end of hunger for those living in rural villages in Africa, India, Bangladesh and Latin America.
Sponsor: Amanda Cassar

INJURED MARINE SEMPER FI FUND
Oceanside, CA
USD 9,000 funds the Semper Fi Kids Camp free of cost to children of post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Sponsor: Patricia L. Krarup, MSFS, ChFC

JUST SMALL CHANGE
Warwickshire, England
USD 3,600 helps fund a microfinance program working in HIV/AIDS intervention in Kisumu, Kenya.
Sponsor: Andrew William Maher

JUSTICE FOR ALL NW IOWA CHAPTER
Rock Valley, IA
USD 5,000 funds the purchase of semi-trailers to store and transport goods to ministries and people who struggle with poverty.
Sponsor: Mark E. McGill, CLU, ChFC

KANSAS WILDLIFE FEDERATION
Wichita, KS
USD 1,000 helps fund a youth camp focusing on environmental education, exercise and character-building activities.
Sponsor: Duayne J. Madl, PPC

KINGDOM COMMUNITY BUILDERS
Memphis, TN
USD 1,000 funds an individually crafted literacy program for children to improve their literacy over the academic year.
Sponsor: Frank S. Allen Jr., CFS, CFP

KING’S HOME INC.
Chelsea, AL
USD 5,000 helps fund the purchase of vans to provide reliable transportation for over 500 residents annually.
Sponsor: J. F. DeBuys III, CLU, AEP

KIWANIS CLUB OF ALBERT LEA
Hollandale, MN
USD 2,000 funds a needed play area for youth and families of all ages.
Sponsor: Matthew J. Twedt, CFP, FSS

LOUISE W. EGGLESTON CENTER, INC.
Norfolk, VA
USD 3,000 helps identify and assess local disabled veterans with barriers to employment and utilize resources to develop a plan of action to overcome these barriers and become sustainably employed.
Sponsor: Michelle L. Hoesly, CLU, ChFC

MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
Phoenix, AZ
USD 25,000 funds the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
Sponsor: Robelynn H. Abadie, RFC, CAP

MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF IDAHO
Boise, ID
USD 3,000 funds the wishes to Idaho children and their families.
Sponsor: Travis Michael Gerhard

MARIN HUMANE SOCIETY
Novato, CA
USD 1,000 funds the SHARE programs, which use the power of the human-animal bond to enrich the lives of people who cope with a variety of disadvantages and disabilities.
Sponsor: Anjali Singh

MASSACHUSETTS PROSTATE CANCER COALITION
Boston, MA
USD 2,000 helps provide information on prostate cancer research, diagnosis and treatment.
Sponsor: Allen L. Snyder III, CLU, ChFC

MAY INSTITUTE INC.
Randolph, MA
USD 9,000 funds the purchase of indoor/outdoor equipment to increase physical activity of children, adolescents and adults.
Sponsor: Richard J. Harwood, CLU, LUTCF

MISSION HAITI
Sioux Falls, SD
USD 3,000 helps build a modern Medical Clinic to benefit the poor, vulnerable, injured and sick people of southern Haiti to improve quality of life.
Sponsor: William D. Hoffman, LUTCF

MY SISTER’S HOUSE
Rocky Mount, NC
USD 1,000 helps provide shelter, advocacy, community outreach and education to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
Sponsor: Roger G. Taylor, CLU, ChFC

NATIONAL MS SOCIETY, COLORADO-WYOMING CHAPTER
Denver, CO
USD 2,000 supports MS research programs where participants will learn about news and progress in clinical trials and new available treatments.
Sponsor: Penny J. Hardrick, LUTCF

NEBRASKA WALLEYE ASSOCIATION KIDS FISHING CLINICS INC.
Omaha, NE
USD 1,000 helps educate Nebraska youth on fishing and conservation.
Sponsor: Stephen D. Andersen, RHU

NEVUS OUTREACH, INC.
Bartlesville, OK
USD 15,000 helps improve awareness and provide support for people affected by large congenital melanocytic nevi.
Sponsor: Edwin W. Thauer Jr., CLU, ChFC

NEW IMAGE YOUTH CENTER
Orlando, FL
USD 5,000 funds new computers and updated software for New Image students.
Sponsor: Bobby L. Layman, CLU, MSFS

NORTH SHORE SENIOR CENTER
Northfield, IL
USD 5,000 supports the Community Care Program for seniors living at the low-income or poverty level so they can live independently for as long as possible.
Sponsor: John W. Cruikshank III, CLU

NORTHSIDE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
San Antonio, TX
USD 1,000 funds Swivel Cloud cameras and iPads for reflection purposes.
Sponsor: Matthew R Foxhall, CFP
OMOIDE KAERU
Miyagi, Japan
USD 1,000 helps cleanse, restore and return photos to their owners that have been found at disaster areas of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and the Tsunami.
Sponsor: Takayuki Ono

OUR DAILY BREAD
Cincinnati, OH
USD 2,000 provides a warm meal to the homeless and impoverished in the Over the Rhine and West End neighborhoods of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sponsor: Douglas R. Hallett Jr., CLU, RFC

PARKINSON’S QUEENSLAND INC.
Springwood, Australia
USD 1,000 helps people diagnosed and living with Parkinson’s in Queensland have access to medications, advanced therapies and service for treatment.
Sponsor: Peter Jason Byrne

PAT TILLMAN FOUNDATION
Tempe, AZ
USD 9,000 supports military veterans and spouses each year in the pursuit of a higher education.
Sponsor: Benjamin J. Hill, CFP

PATH
Los Angeles, CA
USD 3,000 helps reduce family homelessness by providing service enriched affordable housing to assist young families in transitioning to their own permanent homes.
Sponsor: Karl David Susman, CIC, LUTCF

PATHWAYS FOR CHILDREN
Gloucester, MA
USD 5,000 funds a health and wellness program designed to improve students’ physical health, nutrition and self-esteem.
Sponsor: Derek J. Reed, CFP, CLU

PAWS WITH PURPOSE, INC.
Louisville, KY
USD 5,000 funds sponsorship of a puppy-in-training for individuals with disabilities.
Sponsor: David E. Appel, CLU, ChFC

PEDIPLACE
Dallas, TX
USD 2,000 helps expand access to healthcare for low-income pediatric populations.
Sponsor: Harold E. Shepard

PREECLAMPSIA FOUNDATION
Minnetonka, MN
USD 9,000 funds research for Preeclampsia and Cardiovascular Disease.
Sponsor: Peter C. Zuras, CLU, ChFC

RAINBOW CENTRE, SINGAPORE
Singapore
USD 3,000 increases capacity to serve more children and provide training for social service professionals, parents and volunteers.
Sponsor: Anne-Marie L. Lee, ChFC

RANCH HAND RESCUE
Argyle, TX
USD 1,000 helps fund the construction of a new counseling building.
Sponsor: Mark R. Finley, CLU, LUTCF

RANDOLPH AREA FOUNDATION
Randolph, NE
USD 1,000 helps fund major renovations to repair and restore the ball fields as a safe place for boys and girls of all ages to play.
Sponsor: Tim Kint, LUTCF

RHODE ISLAND MENTORING PARTNERSHIP
Warwick, RI
USD 1,000 funds the continuation and expansion of a literacy focused mentoring program in various Rhode Island communities where some of the state’s most at-risk children reside.
Sponsor: Alan G. Zartarian, CLU, ChFC

ROBERT OWEN COMMUNITIES
Truro, England
USD 1,000 helps fund a two-seater trainer tractor to facilitate real work opportunities in commercial settings for people with learning disabilities.
Sponsor: Jeremy M. Wellington, Dip PFS, Dip CII

ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR NEURO-DISABILITY
Putney, London
USD 5,000 provides music therapy for 226 adults who are living with a life-changing brain injury or illness.
Sponsor: Ian J. Green, Dip PFS

RUTHERFORD COUNTY AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Murfreesboro, TN
USD 2,000 provides pre- and post-homebuyer education classes to future homeowners of the Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity
Sponsor: Chase R. Sinquefield

SAINT ELIZABETH COMMUNITY/CORNERSTONE ADULT SERVICES
East Greenwich, RI
USD 3,000 funds an art program, so that people with dementia can express themselves creatively through art.
Sponsor: William L. Palmisciano, CLU, ChFC

SALUTE, INC.
Palatine, IL
USD 9,000 provides financial assistance to U.S. military families experiencing financial difficulties.
Sponsor: Curtis L. Matlin, CLU, ChFC

SAMOST JEWISH FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S SERVICE
Cherry Hill, NJ
USD 3,000 provides support and counselling to people affected by domestic abuse.
Sponsor: Joseph F. Tortis, CFP

SEARCH HOMELESS SERVICES
Houston, TX
USD 2,000 provides critical childcare and education for children, allowing the parents to go back to school or work.
Sponsor: Walter E. Katz, CLU, CFP

SECOND HARVEST COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
St. Joseph, MO
U
SD 2,000 provides children who are food insecure with nutritious weekend meals they can serve themselves.
Sponsor: Paul H. Rhodes

SETON YOUTH SHELTERS
Virginia Beach, VA
USD 5,000 funds support of Boys and Girls Shelters and the Van and Street Outreach programs.
Sponsor: Brian P. Winfield, CLU, AEP

SHADOW BUDDIES FOUNDATION
Lenexa, KS
USD 15,000 provides capes and masks for pediatric patients going through treatment.
Sponsor: Felix R. Baz-dresch, CLU, ChFC

SIGHT SAVERS AMERICA
Pelham, AL
USD 25,000 provides vision aids and therapy for children who are struggling with severe visual impairment.
Sponsor: William E. Burrus

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE BLIND
Pretoria, South Africa
USD 2,000 helps children with visual impairment attend school in South Africa.
Sponsor: Kobus Kleyn, CFP

SPARROW FOUNDATION
Lansing, MI
USD 5,000 funds the TheraSuit System for pediatric brain injured patients needed to strengthen muscles and improve function.
Sponsor: C. R. Herrold, CLU, CFP

SPECIAL KIDS TN INC.
Murfreesboro, TN
USD 5,000 funds a new afterschool program for children with special needs ages 12 to 25.
Sponsor: Marcus T. Henderson Sr., LUTCF

SPECTRUM YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
Burlington, VT
USD 5,000 funds support services for youth who are homeless.
Sponsor: William J. Christie, CLU, ChFC

SPINE HEALTH FOUNDATION, INC.
Johnson City, TN
USD 3,000 provides medical care to people with spinal cord injuries.
Sponsor: Russell Ingram, CLU, ChFC

SPIRITUAL CARE CONSULTANTS
Hastings, MI
USD 2,000 funds a spiritual mentoring program for youth.
Sponsor: Barbara A. Pietrangelo, CFP, ChFC

ST. DAVID’S CENTER FOR CHILD & FAMILY DEVELOPMENT
Minnetonka, MN
USD 1,000 funds a community outreach and in-home support program for children with autism.
Sponsor: Lee A. Kitzenberg

ST. MICHAEL’S HOUSE
Dublin, Ireland
USD 3,000 funds the purchase of an Acteboard, which will enable children with severe learning disabilities to engage in shared multisensory activities.
Sponsor: Brendan Reade

STARTING RIGHT, NOW
Tampa, FL
USD 1,000 funds afterschool enrichment classes and activities for at-risk students.
Sponsor: Andrew Gardner, CFP

TJIF INTERNATIONAL
Needham, MA
USD 3,000 provides medical supplies and education to improve the health of the population in rural Honduras.
Sponsor: Tyler S. DeStefano, LUTCF

TRAILS YOUTH INITIATIVES INC.
Stouffville, ON
USD 5,000 funds a year-round, outdoor adventure based program which teaches at-risk youth social, emotional and life skills.
Sponsor: Heather M. Courneya, CLU, CH.F.C.

TRINI FOUNDATION
Worthington, OH
USD 1,000 funds weekly yoga classes to help those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Sponsor: James G. Oppenlander, CLU, ChFC

UKULELE KIDS CLUB INC.
Plantation, FL
USD 5000 provides ukuleles to pediatric hospitals for use in music therapy sessions.
Sponsor: Susan Gelber

UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY OF NASSAU COUNTY
Roosevelt, NY
USD 7,500 funds an accessible technology center for disabled children.
Sponsor: Bennett J. Baron

UNITED FUND FOR BELGIUM
La Hulpe, Belgium
USD 5,000 funds the purchase of IT materials to allow seriously ill children to keep up with their classwork.
Sponsor: James M. McEvoy, CLU, AEP

URBAN PEAK
Denver, CO
USD 5,000 will fund Urban Peak’s Youth Shelter for youth ages 15 through 20.
Sponsor: Robert L. Avery, CLU, ChFC

VICTORY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Cavite, Philippines
USD 1,000 funds the building of a student center to help prepare students in the areas of leadership, integrity, faith and excellence.
Sponsor: Janet N. Ng, FChFP, CEPP

WELLS BRING HOPE
Los Angeles, CA
USD 10,000 provides clean water and sanitation improvements for villages in rural Niger, West Africa.
Sponsor: Judd T. Swarzman, CLU, ChFC

WILLOWOOD DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER
Jackson, MS
USD 1,000 provides adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities vocational support.
Sponsor: James W. Lang

WORLD BICYCLE RELIEF
Chicago, IL
USD 8,900 funds bicycles for educational empowerment in Zambia.
Sponsor: William A. Magnusson, CLU, CFP

WORLD CATARACT FOUNDATION
Memphis, TN
USD 10,000 funds the purchase a handheld keratometer/refractor to eliminate cataract blindness in developing parts of the world.
Sponsor: Walker L. Wellford III, CLU

WORLDWIDE EDUCATION FUND OF THE DALLAS FOUNDATION
Dallas, TX
USD 5,000 funds an education program for students from impoverished communities in India.
Sponsor: Kamal N. Daya, CLU, ChFC

WORLDWIDE FISTULA FUND
Schaumburg, IL
USD 5,000 funds nutritional daily meals for pre- and post-surgery patients who arrive poorly nourished.
Sponsor: Kenneth L. Rogat, CLU, ChFC

WYMAN CENTER
Eureka, MO
USD 3,000 helps empower teens from disadvantaged circumstances to lead successful lives and build strong communities.
Sponsor: James L. Butler, MSFS, CFP

YMCA OF GREATER BOSTON
Dorchester, MA
USD 3,000 helps engage youth in discussions about college.
Sponsor: Dimitry Neyshtadt, ChFC

YMCA PLYMOUTH
Plymouth, England
USD 3,000 helps increase young people’s financial resilience through developing their skills, knowledge and attitudes.
Sponsor: Helen Jayne West, APFS

YOUNG PARENTS NETWORK
Cedar Rapids, IA
USD 1,000 funds prenatal parenting education and support programs.
Sponsor: Jeffrey E. Kaiden, LUTCF, CFP

YOUTH DRAMA FOR ALL
Mountain View, CA
USD 3,000 helps build camaraderie and support for the special needs community through the performing arts.
Sponsor: Brad Elman, CLU, CLTC